St George's CE Primary School

  1. Curriculum
  2. Maths


Mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.

These tools include fluency, logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways.


White Rose Maths 

Teachers follow the Mathematics curriculum explicitly, using the White Rose Maths hub scheme to support them.

Other resources are used to supplement and enhance the work.

Mastery and mastery with greater depth tasks are used to challenge and assess the children’s understanding.

Practical equipment is used widely throughout the school to reinforce the concepts taught and to practice skills learnt.



Take a look at our maths progression document to see how maths learning progresses across the year groups

Maths Progression

Bar Modelling

Bar modelling- a powerful visual approach for introducing number topics

At St George's we have adopted a bar model approach to help support our understanding of maths.  Bar modelling is an essential maths mastery strategy.  We aim to embed a deep understanding of maths using the bar model.

Bar modelling is not a method of calculation. Instead, it is a way of representing problems pictorially: from simple addition, through to finding percentages of amounts, all the way to complex multi-step problems involving ratio and proportion. Bar modelling allows pupils to draw and visualize mathematical concepts to solve problems.

We start by using objects and pictures before numbers and symbols. This helps develop a true understanding rather than learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. This approach is easily accessible by all children and we don't want our children to be put off maths because it's boring and they find it hard to remember rules. The bar model approach helps children to develop confidence and their mathematical ability without having to memorise rules and procedures. Hence, making mathematics more engaging and interesting. 

Bar models can be used to pictorially represent arithmetic problems, as well as reasoning problems written with a context.

The reading comprehension involved in problem-solving hampers our children, and while bar modelling doesn't remove the necessity to read and comprehend maths problems, it certainly provides a structured way of working through a written problem. 

We use NUMICON in our maths lessons. 

Numicon is an approach to teaching maths that helps your child to see connections between numbers.

From Oxford University Press, it supports your child as they learn early maths skills in primary school.

It is a multi-sensory way of learning, which means your child learns by seeing and feeling.

Click the picture below to find out more about NUMICON

Children from Year 2 - Year 6 have log in details for Times Tables Rock Stars

Click on the picture to go straight to the websites.

(If your child has forgotten their log in details, please contact their class teacher)

Do you have a child in year 4?

 If so, they will be taking the statutory multiplication tables check (MTC) in June.

The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics.

It will also help your child’s school to identify pupils who may need additional support.

Multiplication Check Information for Parents



The National Curriculum states that fluency and conceptual understanding of multiplication tables should be developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.

CLICK HERE to see how we teach the times tables here at St George's